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Modern Farmhouse: Spring Parade of Homes House
Modern Farmhouse: Spring Parade of Homes House
Judith Balis Interiors
Inspiration for a small country open concept living room remodel in Boise with white walls and a standard fireplace
House in Darien
House in Darien
Beinfield Architecture PC
Photo credit: Michele Scotto | Sequined Asphault Studio
Small country enclosed living room photo in New York
Queenscorp Condo
Queenscorp Condo
LUX Design | Interior Design Build
A pale blue tufted sofa sits on a patterned area carpet, with a chrome coffee table bench, gold drapery and photo gallery wall above.
Example of a small trendy open concept dark wood floor and brown floor living room design in Toronto with beige walls
Notting Hill House
Notting Hill House
Inigo & Co.
Small transitional living room photo in London with gray walls
Contemporary Living Room
Contemporary Living Room
Example of a small trendy enclosed living room design in London with gray walls, no fireplace and no tv
NYC Fashion PR Firm
NYC Fashion PR Firm
Nichole Loiacono Design
Living room - small eclectic enclosed light wood floor living room idea in Kansas City with gray walls
Jewell Street Addition
Jewell Street Addition
Webber + Studio, Architects
© Tom McConnell Photography
Example of a small trendy medium tone wood floor living room design in Austin with gray walls
GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ARCHITECTS: Hollywood Hills Residence
GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ARCHITECTS: Hollywood Hills Residence
Griffin Enright Architects
The library is a room within a room -- an effect that is enhanced by a material inversion; the living room has ebony, fired oak floors and a white ceiling, while the stepped up library has a white epoxy resin floor with an ebony oak ceiling.
Town & Country
Town & Country
Rustic Fire Place
Town and Country Fireplaces
Inspiration for a small contemporary living room remodel in Sacramento with a two-sided fireplace and no tv
Spruce Street
Spruce Street
Meredith Heron Design
This Victorian home located in the heart of Toronto's Historical Cabbagetown neighbourhood is home to Meredith Heron who has been lovingly restoring it for the last decade. Designer's are always the last in line for design projects. Photos: Stacey Brandford
Neman Residence
Neman Residence
Steven Cordrey Interior Design
photo by Aaron Redman
Inspiration for a small transitional formal dark wood floor living room remodel in Los Angeles with gray walls and no tv
Family Chic
Family Chic
Morgante Wilson Architects
Morgante Wilson Architects added color and pattern to this Music Room. The lounge chairs are covered in fabric from Carnegie. The Artisitc Frame side chairs bring in more color. A pendant from Currey & Co. hangs above. Werner Straube Photography
Tiburon home remodel
Tiburon home remodel
Mahoney Architects & Interiors
A modest and traditional living room
Inspiration for a small coastal open concept and formal medium tone wood floor living room remodel in San Francisco with blue walls, a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace and no tv
Cove Road Residence
Cove Road Residence
Rossington Architecture
Inspiration for a small contemporary living room remodel in San Francisco with beige walls
Homes Under 700 sq feet
Homes Under 700 sq feet
Mandeville Canyon Designs
Nat Rea
Inspiration for a small contemporary open concept medium tone wood floor living room remodel in Other with beige walls
NYC Fashion PR Firm
NYC Fashion PR Firm
Nichole Loiacono Design
Inspiration for a small eclectic enclosed light wood floor living room remodel in Kansas City with gray walls
GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ARCHITECTS: Hollywood Hills Residence
GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ARCHITECTS: Hollywood Hills Residence
Griffin Enright Architects
By moving four walls and replacing them with a column and four beams a new open living area was created.
Inspiration for a small modern open concept dark wood floor and brown floor living room library remodel in Los Angeles with white walls
Transitional Living Room
Transitional Living Room
Example of a small transitional living room library design in Toronto
Sheri Olson
Sheri Olson
Sheri Olson Architecture PLLC
Music room with baby grand piano. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
Inspiration for a small timeless living room remodel in Seattle with a music area
NYC Fashion PR Firm
NYC Fashion PR Firm
Nichole Loiacono Design
Inspiration for a small eclectic enclosed light wood floor living room remodel in Kansas City with gray walls

If you’ve got a small living room, you know how difficult it can be to fit a couch, coffee table and TV in one tight space, while still maintaining order. The last thing you want is for a space meant for relaxation and socializing to look cluttered. So if you’re in need of small living room ideas, let these photos inspire you to be creative with your space. Sometimes, all that’s needed to appreciate small rooms is a change in perspective.

Decorating a Small Living Room

Choosing small living room decor can be tricky, as you don’t want to go overboard. Still, adding one or two accents can go a long way in a compact room. You can use one piece of artwork or a mirror to create a focal point, or dress up the space with a colorful rug. Focus on any existing features and play them up to the room’s advantage. If you’re looking for small living room ideas with a fireplace, simply arrange your furniture around this asset for ultimate coziness.

Speaking of furniture, perhaps all that’s needed are small-scale pieces. Go for a plush loveseat and a small side table to save space. If you’re looking for small living room ideas with a TV, consider mounting the television to the wall or investing in a very thin table to hold it.

Small Living Room Ideas for Apartments

Oftentimes, the living room in an apartment flows right into the kitchen and the dining area — making organization quite a challenge. Still, a large rug in a small living room can help demarcate space. If you have a very small living room, lean into coziness in a big way: one dramatic armchair with a side table and lamp can be very inviting. And to decorate your living room on a budget, try arranging plants around the room, or accessorizing with a chunky throw blanket.

Small Living Room Layout Ideas

Whether you live in an apartment or not, you may find your dining room feels awfully close to your couch. If you have a living room-dining room combo, the obvious choice is to place the back of your sofa to the dining area. Having a small, round dining table can also help break up the space and create a naturally fluid feel. On the other hand, if you have a small, narrow living room, make use of it with a long sofa and a thin coffee table.

Painting a Small Living Room

If you’re able to paint your living room, you have the option of going light and airy or creating a bold jewel box of a room. Proponents of white walls argue it makes the room feel more spacious and uncluttered — perfect for a tiny space. But if you have your heart set on an elegant small living room that makes use of rich colors, go for it! If you do go for painted walls, it’s usually best to keep your color palette to a couple shades to avoid making the room feel too busy.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 35,989 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Think Design and Build Inc. and Rossington Architecture. Look through living room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a small living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small living room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.